Logistics and Supply Chain Optimisation


The aim of the supply chain management is the efficiency optimisation of logistic systems (e.g. transportation networks, storage and production sites), of which the collaboration describes the supply chain as a cross-company value network.

The increasing complexity of contemporary logistics systems impedes the achievement of the aim. The increased level of detail, which is realisable through technological innovations like Auto-ID technologies, but also the changed environment as well as raised customer expectations, increase the complexity and thus impede the efficient controllability of logistic units. Particularly, the consideration of uncertain and often unexpected developments, make the efficient planning and controlling a challenge. Predictable impacts like seasonal surges in demand, can be better integrated into the logistics planning than e.g. natural phenomenons, transportation failures or production faults. Thus, a new aim for logistics and supply chain management increasingly comes to the fore: Even in the case of volatile or stochastic changes, the timely demand fulfilment of the underlying logistics system has to be ensured.

Besides the further development of scientific methods as well the IT-based implementation of decision-supporting software systems for the conventional logistical problems, researchers at the FZI deal with new challenges and their solution. The focus is set on procedures for the planning of reliable transportation networks (strategic, tactical, operational) with asymmetric information of the different participants, procedures for the optimal summary of geographical units in the territorial planning, procedures for the scheduling of production or staff as well as new approaches of the supply chain risk or the disruption management yet to be developed.

Contact person

Dr.-Ing. Felix Brandt

Department Manager



Felix Brandt studied Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with a focus on algorithms and software engineering. From 2010 to 2018 he worked as a research scientist and projekt manager at FZI's research division Information Process Engineering. Since 2018 he leads the department Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) at FZI.

Felix is an expert in planning and optimization for production and logistics. At FZI he leads several projects with different industry partners (a.o. Lufthansa Cargo, PTV Group, Dillinger, Daimler TSS) where he develops innovative solutions and puts them into practice.

In 2017 he finished his doctoral studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on "The Air Cargo Load Planning Problem". Therefore, he developed solutions for several planning problems related to air cargo, e.g., 3D load planning, weight and balance, cargo terminal operations, and network planning.

His research interests are the planning and optimization of complex real-world systems by developing efficient algorithms and applying diverse methods of artificial intelligence, e.g., constraint programming, combinatorial optimization, and computer vision.


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Phone: +49 721 9654-304
E-Mail: brandt@dont-want-spam.fzi.de

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